On campus coronavirus walk in centres launched for start of term

The University has put a number of measures in place to protect the welfare of students and staff including opening two vaccine centres in Luton and Bedford for students who wish to be vaccinated at the start of term.

Beds SU

By Beds SU

Friday, 17 September 2021

As we start to return to university and enjoy the opportunity to meet friends and peers in person both in the classroom and socially it’s important that we do so safely.

One way in which we can support creating a safe environment for all is to get vaccinated if you can and if you wish to do so.

Whether you choose to have Coronavirus vaccine is your personal choice and one you should seek medical advice on if you have questions. And whatever you choose to do, know that both the University and the Students’ Union have measures in place to ensure campuses are as safe as reasonably possible so you can study in comfort. These measures include maintaining a number of procedures such wearing masks (if you can) in communal areas, respecting social distancing where possible and ensuring lateral flow testing kits are available for students to collect in order to carry out the required twice weekly tests.

For students who wish to be vaccinated be if your first or second jab the University has launched walk-in vaccination centres from Saturday, 18 September, on our Luton and Bedford campuses. These centres will be open throughout Welcome Week and the first week of term and are open to ALL students, including international students who may have recently arrived in the UK.

You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have booked a prior appointment, all you need is your NHS number. If you are worried when you visit one of our vaccination centres, rest assured that we have vaccine ‘reassurers’ on hand to provide support and advice to anyone receiving their vaccine.

If you are worried about the vaccine because of any existing medical issues you feel could interfere with the vaccination, you should contact your GP for help and advice or phone 111.

If you would prefer to book an appointment rather than just walking in you can use the University's booking service.

When and where can I get vaccinated?

Dates and times of our vaccination centres are as follows:

Luton Campus (Ground floor at the Campus Centre near Careers and Innovations & Enterprise)

Saturday 18 September - 10am - 4pm

Monday 20 September - 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 21 September - 10am - 4pm

Monday 4 October - 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 5 October - 10am- 4pm

Bedford Campus (Ground floor at Campus Centre, outside the theatre)

Saturday 18 September - 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 22 September - 10am - 4pm

Thursday 23 September - 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 6 October - 10am - 4pm

Thursday 7 October - 10am - 4pm

Each vaccination station will have three tables set out with three chairs, and approximately 30 chairs to provide a ‘waiting area’.  

Once you have received your vaccine you may be asked to wait for 15 minutes before leaving, so that medical staff can monitor any potential side effects. For more information about the Covid-19 vaccine click here.

Want to find out more?

For more information about the vaccine including other options to on how to get vaccinated if you can’t attend one of the drop in centres click here.